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May 1, 2015

Many transgender children drop out of school due to pressure to conform

The Japanese ministry of education Thursday (30 April) issued a notice to local education boards urging schools to do more for transgender students.

Some schools already allow transgender children to wear the uniform of the gender they identify as. But the notice encourages all schools to do so — from elementary level to high school — as well as letting them use the bathroom and locker room of their choice.

The document also says gay and lesbian students deserve greater accommodation.

April 22, 2015

'I was told by various people many times over that the chances of me ending up on these pages were slim to none'

Andreja Pejic has made history by becoming the first transgender model to be profiled in US Vogue.

The May edition of the magazine features a four-page photo shoot and interview with the 23-year-old, who took to Instagram to share her excit ement.

April 20, 2015

Health official supports change in the law

Vietnam's ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time.

Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the ministry's legal department, said they were still collecting opinions on the issue but he personally preferred to 'address the fact and solve it.'

'This is the right to live with their true gender,' he told a news conference on 14 April.

Legislators will discuss the proposed changes next month.

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.

April 15, 2015

Bodybuilder has more than double the votes of other guys in online search

Aydian Dowling is in the lead to become Men's Health first transgender cover model.

The bodybuilder first came to our attention when his recreation of Adam Levine's iconic naked photo went viral in February.

Now Dowling, 27, is leading an Men's Health's online model search with more than double the number of votes as the man in second place. Voting closes on 21 June.

The Ultimate Guy Search is looking for a man 'who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.'

April 11, 2015

Sgt. Shane Ortega said he wants to serve his country while being true to himself

An Hawaii-based helicopter crew chief is considered to be the first openly transgender person serving active duty in the US military.

Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours – two before he fully transitioned, one afterwards – according to a profile published by the Washington Post.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

April 5, 2015

Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance

As she pours pretend tea into plastic cups and saucers, 5-year-old Camille sums up how she feels about being transgender: 'I was always a girl. I will always be a girl forever.’

Born Sebastian, Camille is one of the children from San Francisco who starred in Louis Theroux’s most recent documentary, Transgender Kids, which aired in the UK on Sunday night - sparking a range reactions on social media.

March 30, 2015

New website launched in time for the UK general election to track politicians' commitment to the rights of trans people

Fighting for the equality of trans people and awareness of trans rights is set to be one of the biggest human rights battles after the UK general election.

And now people will be able to see whether the candidate they are planning to vote for stands by the Trans Manifesto.

Launched today (30 March), Trans Manifesto.org.uk will try to give an overall view of how candidates stand on their level of support of trans people.

Potential future MPs are being asked to stand by three principles:

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 20, 2015

'Transgenders have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect'

West Bengal state cabinet Wednesday (18 March) approved the formation of  a Transgender Development Board, the first of its kind in India.

Sashi Panja, minister-in-charge for women and child development, said Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra states had transgender boards, but they were focused on welfare, not development.

'Quite often we have seen that they (transgenders) have been deprived of education, employment opportunities, begging on the streets and going through gross neglect,' she said.

March 19, 2015

'I would stand under the water in the shower crying'

At only 13, articulate Tom Sosnik has all the makings of a future TED speaker.

After reading the suicide note of Leelah Alcorn in December, the Californian teen decided to 'embrace his truth.'

And Sosnik came out as transgender in a powerful speech at his school.

'I am no longer Mia. I never really was,' he said.

'And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.'

Sosnik recalled how he struggled with his gender identity throughout sixth grade.

March 10, 2015

21 European countries have laws such as this including France, Italy and Turkey

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a law requiring trans people be permanently infertile before they undergo treatment is incompatible with human rights.

The judges in Strasbourg made the judgment after a transgender man, 'YY', in Turkey was told he would have to be sterile if he wished to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005.

Three years later, he turned to the ECHR saying his right to respect for privacy and a family life was violated by Turkey's 'absurd' laws.

March 8, 2015

The high fashion model and muse speaks about her career, being able to live her dream and the tragedy of Leelah Alcorn

Andreja Pejic has been hailed as the ‘first transgender supermodel’ who broke down boundaries, but the road to becoming a muse for designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier wasn’t easy or short.

‘It took me 10 years to get here,’ she tells Australia’s Sunday Telegraph Style magazine today (8 March)

‘And there was never a moment when I didn’t want this.’

March 7, 2015

Parents of transgender children speak about how social media can have both a positive and negative effect when used to ‘come out’ about their child’s gender identity 

Renée Fabish was the proud Australian mom who didn’t want her son to become a ‘statistic’, and her video calling for greater acceptance of transgender children quickly went viral.

Through this video, which has now amassed over seven million views on Facebook, more parents of transgender children have decided to share their experiences.

March 5, 2015

Emma Cusdin, now a Senior HR Business Partner with Thomson Reuters, talks to Gay Star Business about the recent launch of a groundbreaking trans network for those in the professional services industry in the UK: Trans*formation

When and why was Trans*formation launched?

It was launched with an event in August of this year. It really came from three of us – two trans people and one trans ally – having a conversation around LGBT networks for transitional people, especially in financial services.

February 27, 2015

New policy goes beyond previous list of more than 50 selectable genders

Facebook announced Thursday (25 February) that it has expended its gender options to include a free-form field.

This means of a user of the popular social media site doesn't identify with any of the gender options listed on Facebook, they can simply write in their own.

Facebook said in a statement: 'We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way.'

February 26, 2015

Marriage success 10 years ago made liberal Canada complacent while anti-gay forces marched on

A debate on changes to Ontario’s sexual education curriculum is shattering the myth of Canada as a role model for inclusivity and diversity and exposing our nasty side.

February 25, 2015

Hodgson, a reporting analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, reflects on how well her colleagues responded when she began the transition to her true gender role

I’ve been at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nine years, but my ‘whole self’ has been at work for less than a third of this time.

I work as a reporting analyst in the bank’s Data Warehouse team in Chester, generating data for the Collections Department and working with customers who have fallen behind with their credit card payments. My job is to essentially ‘make sense’ of various numerical data and I enjoy it immensely.

February 24, 2015

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 19, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing 'God's order of creation'

Pope Francis has appeared to compare trans and genderqueer people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not 'recognize the order of creation'.

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who 'manipulate' their bodies are similar to 'Herods' that 'destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.'

The comments were made in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God's order of creation.

February 16, 2015

Ohio father claimed his child had joined a 'cult', believed to be a reference to the trans or Pagan community

A 22-year-old, believed to be a trans woman, is alleged to have been stabbed to death by her father on Friday night (13 February).

Bri Golec, an artist and drummer from Akron, Ohio, is the seventh known trans person to murdered this year.

The Golec family say Bri was actually Brian, a man, and was not trans. (Note, our policy is not to use previous names for trans people but in respect for the grieving family's wishes and the fact the identity can not be confirmed beyond all doubt, we are including this reference.)